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Diablo Technologies Unveils World's First All-Flash DDR4 Memory Module

August 06, 2015

Enterprise data centers are under increasing pressure as cloud, virtualization, big data, mobility and analytics deplete the resources of existing infrastructures. If the resources of the centers are not properly managed, it can result in unplanned outages.  According to a study of U.S. data centers carried out by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of an unplanned data center outage is around $7,900 per minute, a 41 percent increase from 2010. The downtime is attributed to a wide range of issues, including not having the right technology in place. Diablo Technologies looks to solve the problems related to memory with the launch of Memory1, the world’s first all-flash DDR4 memory module.

Having the right memory can lower the number of servers, while improving the performance and economics of a data center. According to Diablo, its new memory will leverage the price and capacity of flash to quadruple system memory, thus reducing the server count. In fact, using Memory1 has resulted in use cases where it enabled a four-to-one server reduction.

This is accomplished by packing four times the capacity of the largest DRAM modules, which the company claims will lower datacenter costs by up to 70 percent. Instead of 128 or 384 gigabytes of DRAM memory, the same system memory slots can now house up to four terabytes of Memory1.

With this much memory, operators can process data-intensive applications without having to increase the number of servers in the facility.

The technology was developed by replacing expensive DRAM with low cost, high capacity flash, which is becoming the preferred memory solution for enterprises. Even though it is delivering high performance, Memory1 still uses standard DDR4 DIMM slots and it is compatible with standard motherboards, servers, operating systems and applications.

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"Memory1 represents a major evolution in server architecture. The needs of the large-scale datacenter are changing, with a very sharp focus on increasing capability to win the Internet while managing tight constraints on cost and power. The Memory1 platform allows customers to leverage NAND flash as pure system memory in a seamless manner, with no changes to their hardware and software stacks," said Riccardo Badalone, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Diablo Technologies.

Based on the data the company provides, Memory1 will deliver remarkable performance advantages for memory intensive applications. Big data analytics, in-memory database, relational database will experience optimized performance, efficient scaling, handle larger data sets and more, all while minimizing infrastructure cost.

Memory1 will be widely available this fall, but is now shipping to select customers.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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